This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, October 24, 2014 with reports of GRAY KINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, GOLDEN EAGLE, COMMON GALLINULE, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and seasonal/local reports of interest.
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A GRAY KINGBIRD was a ?one-day wonder? at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Oct 17. Also there that day was a very late GULL-BILLED TERN and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Other birds noted at ?Brig? Oct 19 included 10,000 NORTHERN PINTAILS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and 2 NELSON?S SPARROWS.
Great Bay Blvd WMA had 40+ ROYAL TERNS and a late WHITE-EYED VIREO Oct 19.
Five COMMON GALLINULES were found at Birch Creek Marsh in Logan Twp Oct 20. Also in Gloucester County at the National Park Dredge Spoils Oct 21 were WESTERN SANDPIPER, 22 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 35 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.
Whitesbog hosted 25 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct 20. Also in Burlington County at the PPA Office in Vincetown Oct 19 were 4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 2 WINTER WRENS, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW.
Sandy Hook reports this week included 50+ SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 10 COOPER?S HAWKS, 4 MERLINS, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, and a NASHVILLE WARBLER Oct 18; two LINCOLN?S SPARROWS, NELSON?S SPARROW, and 12 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS Oct 19; 6 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and a BLUE GROSBEAK Oct 21, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and an early FOX SPARROW Oct 22, a late BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 15 WINTER WRENS, and 4 VESPER SPARROWS Oct 23.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Oros Wildlife Preserve in Woodbridge through Oct 24. Also there that day were AMERICAN PIPIT and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
A LARK SPARROW and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were found on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark Oct 23.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues through Oct 24 at Stephen R. Gregg County Park in Bayonne; look for the bird in the small pond near the basketball court.
A GOLDEN EAGLE flew past the Montclair Hawk Lookout Oct 21. Another Golden Eagle was seen at Chimney Rock Hawk Watch Oct 22. And a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in the Great Swamp NWR Oct 24.
The AMERICAN AVOCET continues through Oct 21 at the Clay Ave Wetlands in Lyndhurst.
Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater had over 60 species of birds Oct 19 including 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 VESPER SPARROWS, 200+ SAVANNAH SPARROWS, LINCOLN?S SPARROW, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 9 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
Two LINCOLN?S SPARROWS and 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were detected at the community gardens at Duke Farms Oct 21.
Glenhurst Meadows had 7 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW Oct 20.
Troy Meadows Rd hosted RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 2 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS, 125 SWAMP SPARROWS, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct 19. A VESPER SPARROW was there Oct 23.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (one juvenile and two adults) continue through Oct 21 at Bee Meadow Park in Whippany.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch tallied 14 BALD EAGLES, 249 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 23 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 15 MERLINS, and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS Oct 18. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted Oct 19, and 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES were found Oct 20. More information about Raccoon Ridge can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird portal:
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